Extreme Makeover-Land Edition

Completed Roberto Clemente ParkYou’d never know that this now-bucolic property on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County with an occasional bald eagle soaring through had been a century-old abandoned site used for illegal dumping.

It took our EPA brownfields program to jump-start the cleanup and launch a promising future for this 25-acre riverside land.

So how did we do it? With a lot of help from our friends.(see link at http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/bf-lr/newsletter/2007-Spring/Lorax.html)

We provided a brownfields grant in 2005 to assess the site and check its history. The thumbs-up results got people interested in managing the property, and leveraged a quarter million dollars for cleanup and redevelopment.

The Lancaster County Conservancy took it from there, buying the property with grand plans to make it a natural wonder for people, wildlife and migratory birds alike.

Are you aware of other properties that could use similar makeovers? Let us know.